The game of football is game that drains energy and ask a lot of the body. While some players had a longer career, some has been forced to hang up their boot prematurely due to one reason or the other.
Injuries, health issues has contributed greatly to many people bowing out of the game when they are not. Some however, left the game due to indiscipline, inability to find better club among others. Below are 5 footballers that retired early.
An English retired footballer. He joined Arsenal in 2002 turning professional three years later. He made his debut for the Gunners in the league cup, making one more appearance before departing on loan to Birmingham city. He made the move permanent in 2007. He left the club after making 70 appearances, joining Bolton wanderers in 2008.
In March 2012, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur, from which he recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes. Following medical advice, he announced his retirement from professional football in August 2012.
2. Ledley King
A Tottenham legend. He spent his entire career playing for the London club. He made 323 appearances for the club. He was a highly rated footballer in his days. He was was ranked Tottenham's 25th best player. In the latter part of his career, King was plagued by chronic knee problems, for which no effective treatment or remedy was found. Instead of training with the rest of the squad King undertook fitness exercises on his own, allowing him to play one first team game per week
He retired from the game at 31year old, 19 July 2012 as a result of the chronic knee injuries that plagued much of his career.
3. Andre Schurrle
The formal Chelsea forward had a very brief but a successful career. He also played for Borrusia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Vfl Wolfsburg among others.
Schürrle was a full international for Germany from 2010 to 2017, gaining 57 caps and scoring 22 goals. He was a member of the German squads which reached the semi-finals at UEFA Euro 2012. During extra-time in the 2014 FIFA World cup final 2014 he provided the assist for Mario Götze's winning goal against Argentina. On 17 July 2020 he retired at the age of 29.
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